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International Seminar on Water Laws and Resource Management: Challenges and the Way Ahead

UPES School of Law is going to organize an International Seminar on "Water Laws and Resource Management: Challenges and the Way Ahead".

Date: 3rd - 4th November, 2017
Venue: UPES School of Law, Dehradun

Who should attend?
In this seminar, academicians, professionals, practitioners, scholars, students, academic bodies, government bodies, civil society organizations from both legal and technical sides etc. are likely to participate.

Concept Note:
"Water is the basis of everything"- (Thales, 640 BC)

Survival, fitness and growth are all dependent on certain essential factors out of which water is among the most important. Water engenders life on the planet and this includes not only human life but also animal and even plant life. The idea of development has been based on the ability to exploit the natural resources and the assertions in the name of development exploited and degraded the natural resources.

This is now undeniable that for sustained survival of life on the planet, we need to conserve water. However, water is apparently a renewable resource but its fitness for human consumption is an issue. With industrial growth, we started using the water bodies for the industrial purposes. After completion of the industrial process, the waste was also drained out to the same natural water bodies and this continued for decades. As a result of this the natural water bodies have degraded in terms of their suitability for human consumption. Those of the most advanced nations are also bound to let their industrial waste into the rivers and the surface water is increasingly getting unfit for human consumption. The urban development and town planning mechanisms have also been faulty on this point. Not only the waste water disposal but also the extraction of water from the underground water resource has been so exploitative that the under-ground water levels have gone down significantly.

Even there are urban housing societies wherein underground water disposal wells have been constructed; so polluting the water underneath the ground also. From the policy perspective, there have been efforts to improve upon the situation. Since the Stockholm Conference of 1972, there has been substantial policy development to control the fast depletion of water as an essential resource. These have included efforts for prevention, control and abatement of pollution. Be it the prohibition of letting the waste into rivers and water bodies or the mandate to commission the effluent treatment plants; these efforts have all been aimed at improving upon the state of water availability for human use.

Themes and Sub-Themes:

  • Water Pollution Abatement and Control
    • Water laws and policy to define, control and redress the instances of water pollution
    • Law and policy related to use of water resources
    • Water pollution control and abatement as a component of Sustainable development

  • Water Conservation and Management
    • Water conservation policy, schemes, strategy and practices
    • Traditional, cultural and religious practices and values in the conservation and proper utilization of water resources
    • Water as an essential for life and its sustainability

  • Water Conservation and Disaster Mitigation:
    • Water resources, natural calamities and disaster management planning including interlinking of rivers
    • Regeneration of Rivers and Conservation of Water Resources
    • Multi-purpose Projects: Pros and Cons

  • Water Resource management vis-a-vis Waste Management
    • Sharing of water resources: National and International concerns
    • Conservation of the Ganges and Relevant Developments
    • Water Heritage Management

  • International Issues in Water Resource Management
    • International issues in water resources management: laws and challenges
    • Law of the sea and international concerns with the sea resources including rights of the landlocked countries.
    • International issues in Water Management and Disposal of waste

Note: The above-mentioned themes are not exhaustive and absolute. Quality researches in any other area concerning National and International water laws and issues regarding water resources management, planning and sharing are also acceptable.

Call for Papers:

A brief summary of paper not exceeding 300 words including objective, methodology, finding, implication, limitations and key words must be submitted. The Abstract must be developed on A4-sheet in Word Document format typed in Times New Roman in 12 pt font size with 1.5 line spacing. The Abstract should contain personal details of the Author(s) in the order mentioned below.

Title of the paper, name, designation, Institute/ University/ College/Organization, contact number, e-mail and address(es), of the author. Kindly indicate the name of the corresponding Author in case of two or more Authors. All Abstracts will be peer reviewed and evaluated on the basis of originality, research rigor, relevance to the conference, and contribution to the theory and practice.

Full Paper:
The full paper must be typed on A4 sheet in MS Word Document, Times New Roman, 12 pt font size with 1.5 line spacing. Ideally, the length of the paper should not exceed 5000 words excluding tables and references. Cover page of the final paper should indicate the title of the paper and an Abstract, and contain personal details of the Author(s). The main text should begin from next page. Selected papers will be published. We encourage potential contributors to adhere to a uniform mode of citation throughout the whole work.

Submission Guidelines:
Submissions are to be made only in electronic form. The same may be e-mailed to (in MS Word format) along with a covering letter addressed to Organizing Committee.

Registration Fees:

  • Indian Delegates:
    • Academicians & Professionals: INR 3000/-
    • Students & Research Scholars: INR 1500/-

  • Foreign Delegates: US $50

Rules for Participation:

  • No abstract or full paper shall be accepted after the last date of submission respectively.
  • Participants / Paper Presenters have to register after the acceptance of Abstract with payment of required fees to be deposited in the bank account.
  • For participation, registration is mandatory on confirmation of the participation. Only registered participants will be allowed to take part in the International Seminar.
  • All the registered participants will be provided a participation certificate, conference kit, lunch and tea.
  • Limited free accommodation during the conference is available on first come first serve basis. Please indicate your need for such services in Registration Form. Otherwise the participants have to make their own arrangement for Accommodation. No TA/DA will be provided to participants. No accommodation will be provided to accompanying person who is participating or presenting paper in the Seminar.

Important Dates:

Submission of Abstract:

18th October, 2017

Communication regarding acceptance:

20th October, 2017

Submission of full paper:

31st October, 2017

Dr. Ashish Verma
Phone: +91-8979493822

Dr. Priyanka Sharma Khanduja
Phone: +91-9997806826

Ms. Arshpreet Kaur Bedi
Student Coordinator
Phone: +91-8859256037

Mr. Abhinav Mishra
Student Coordinator
Phone: +91-08979073924

UPES School of Law
2nd Floor, 210, Okhla Industrial Estate,
Phase III, New Delhi - 110020
Phone: +91-11-41730151

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